♦ WHAT IS A PILGRIMAGE
Dr. Paul Lee Tan
PILGRIMAGE is different from a tour. It is a personal
invitation from God—a loving summons to know God more fully. And it
is a journey to which the pilgrim joyfully responds "yes" to God's
Although our Bible pilgrimages have an abundance of modern traveling
amenities, yet our purpose remains unchanged. We are on a journey to
Bible lands—to feel God’s presence and to renew spiritual lives.
We will see many sites & cities of the OT and NT world, which we had
heard of since childhood--and share these discoveries with family
and friends upon our return home.
pilgrimage is a time of prayer & to see the “signposts” which God
has set for our turning to Him. A successful pilgrimage involves a
commitment to leave behind one's problems, and to focus instead on
learning spiritual truths. Ask God to bless you with a heart that
will be receptive to Him. The success of your spiritual journey will
depend upon your faith, flexibility, and love for God and for
Sometimes a pilgrim goes to find peace with/for his/her friends and
family. But in order to find peace with/for another person, one must
first find it with God in his/her own heart.
And a pilgrimage can enable us to see some things more clearly in
our hearts, separate ourselves from daily surroundings, and look at
things in actual Bible-based perspectives.
Learn how everyday people did extraordinary things in Bible
times—and apply it upon your return.
During this pilgrimage, we will be with each other for several
We will walk where our Savior Jesus Christ, the apostle Paul and
other Bible heroes walked in Biblical worlds of ancient times and
Learn to feel God’s presence in the Bible sites we will visit. No
matter what—everyday give time for God in personal devotions and
Sometimes, when people go abroad, they start off by comparing, and
then complaining about this and that (as compared to their home
life) … until a few days later, when they realize they are on a
unique and spiritual journey with the Lord.
However, better still, let us prepare before starting this trip. The
purpose of our going to Bible lands is to find new ways of looking
at things, new peace, new friendships, and especially peace with
Then, as we sing, read the Bible, and pray together in the Old & New
Testament lands, remember to say a kind word to someone each day,
give each other a helping hand, a smile, even an encouraging hug.
That is a treasure you can give back to God—even while in Bible
lands—and that doesn't cost a cent.
Psalms 48:12-13 – “Walk about Zion, and go round about
her: tell the towers thereof. Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider
her palaces; that ye may tell it to
1 Corinthians 11:1 – “Be ye followers of me, even as I
also am of Christ.”